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echoing the excitement of four years ago. >>> and in boston a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says "we are all in this together." now the work on the second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. barack obama has been re-elected president of the united states, declared the winner just after 11:00 eastern last night. winning pretty much all the key battleground states including ohio on his way to clinch the 270 electoral votes that he needed. >> predicted a long night. didn't really end up being one. ended pretty quickly. electoral college, sweeping victory for the president. despite the big margin he won by in the college. the popular vote still a lot closer. that going down to the wire. there you see the crowd outside abc news election headquarters in times square. they went wi
're seeing in boston tonight. obviously, in chicago, they are waiting with great anticipation to see the president. and in boston, there is also anticipation but it's more like resigned anticipation. people who thought they were coming to a party instead are kind of watching a durnlg on-- durge. >> look at the demographic ps of these two crowds. that's all you need to know. >> ifill: that's a good point, david. when you look at the obama crowd, it's incredibly diverse, very young, obviously, in a better mood. ( laughter ). but the difference between that and what we're seeing in boston is pretty striking. >> you know, the country is changing. i mean, the gay marriage thing is part of the change, but the demographicez of the country are changing. the thing that's more confusing is the economics are changing and in much more complicated ways. that we're not seeing it's working class people, the people who are unemployed aren't in either crowds. they can't afford to be in those crowds. that's complicated. but the demographics and attitudes towards gay marriage and other social issues, t
for abc news. >> i'm brandi hitt in boston where the room fell silent the minute it was announced mitt romney lost the key battleground state of ohio and then the election. romney supporters here were convinced he would win some of the key battleground states. he just fell short in states like pennsylvania, ohio and also virginia. here is what mitt romney told his supporters after he called president obama to congratulate him. >> this is -- time of great challenges for america and pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys were the best! thank you so much! [ cheers and applause ] thank you! thanks, guys. >> reporter: mitt romney thanked his donors, volunteers and supporters and says beside choosing his wife ann, picking paul ryan as a runningmate was the best decision he has ever made. ron, paula. r
. >> and in boston, a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says we are all in this together. now the work on a second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. an abbreviated version of "world news now." we'll check in live with "nightline" in just a second. for right now it is official. america has rehired the president. he won last night. handling the electoral college, and coming back in january for a second term. so it really was kind of a stunning night here. he really -- and most of the battleground if not all, won, fought back romneyen all of the cases. saw a very gracious concession speech from governor romney. clearly disappointed. went to a raucous scene in chicago with the president. still very much a divided country. look at the electoral college it wasn't close. in the popular vote the was really close. i think the points, come out of this, this was n
that gave him more latitude with the conservative base of the party. >> woodruff: speak of boston, and other places, let's hear now from our colleagues-- actually, ray suarez is in chicago. he and margaret warner are at the two presidential campaign headquarters, but, ray, we're going to come to you first. are you in chicago, and that's where president obama is tonight. >> that's right. he's just a few miles away. he's not here yet. and neither are a lot of the senior officials from the campaign. i think they probably want to waito see a little bit more, but illinois senior senator, senator dick durbin is here, and there have been a lot of poll closings, a lot of projections, but so far no surprises. what do you need to see before you can really relax? >> some of the key battled ground states-- florida, virginia, ohio, and of course when we get in the midwest, a little closer to my activity in the last few months for the president, taking a look at wis cons and i know iowa. if we can get the job done in the midwest, and i hope we do glie you're not up thisickle. whn you don't have a race, wh
de campaÑa en romney en boston. >>> milittt romney comenzÓ hoy recta final en la casa blanca en la florida, los estadounidenses deben decidir sÍ quieren 4 aÑos mÁs como los Últimos o quieren finalmente un cambio real, afirmÓ. >>> estoy ces el mensaje que su voluntarios, muchos bilingÜes le estÁn llevando a mÁs de 6 millones de votantes por telÉfono y en persona >>> estamos muy thutentusiasmad estamos en las umÚltimas 24 hor >>> con las encuesta en un virtual empate >>> el resultado final es el votante y e a se vamos a seguir detrÁs de ellos. >>> romney estÁ hoy muy los estados cruciales de florida, virginia, ohio, donde tambiÉn estarÁ el presidente obama, y new hampshire. >>> paul ryan su compaÑero de formula lo ayudarÁ en los de estados que deben ganar entre ellos nevada y colorado. donde estÁ Él satisfecho con la campaÑa de su padre con el apoyo hispano. algo que segÚn analistas los republicanos no deberÍan sentirse tan seguros al menos a nivel nacional. >>> sabemos que los latinos tienden a preferir un gobierno mÁs a ticactivo y progresivo y republicanos en
our colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by margaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate night headquarters in chicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign in terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to you about casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on having people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
, nancy. jan crawford has been covering the romney campaign. she is in boston tonight. jan? >> well, scott, governor romney just landed here about an hour ago after making campaign stops in that key state of ohio and in pennsylvania. he talked to reporters on the way back on the plane and he said he felt good about this campaign. they hadn't left anything in the locker room and that he thinks they're going to win. he said he just finished his victory speech. he's not written a concession speech. now, the mood inside the campaign tonight, scott, is one of cautious optimism, i'd say. but there is a little bit of nervousness and here's why: campaign sources that i'm talking with tonight say they are encouraged by the high numbers of republican turnout they're seeing in these swing states like ohio, florida, virginia. they believe that will outperform john mccain in 2008. that's the key to this election. they really had to run up the score in those areas. but here's where the nervousness comes in. they're also seeing some of the president's turnout in some of those democratic areas like in nor
they will close in ottawa, montana, and utah. alaska closes at 1:00 a.m. eastern time. we're in boston where the romney headquarters is located. the president and his team is in chicago. we're at the rnc headquarters in washington, d.c. and on capitol hill where the democrats are gathering and all evening we will show you the latest results. these are actual numbers. these are not projections as we track the key house, senate, and gov.'s races as well as the presidential race and you can keep track of all this on our website. this is the only network that gives you a forum to express your views in what is happening with results tonight and you can do so by giving us a phone call. the number is 202-730-triples 32. [inaudible] you can also join us on our twitter page. #cspan2012. we will get that in a couple of minutes. john boehner is here and let's get to some of the latest results. >> ap is calling some states in the presidential contest. let's start with new hampshire and take a look at the results. with 20% of precincts reporting, president obama has 55%. mitt romney at 44%. let's move on
. but this is something to cheer, the people in boston at romney headquarters. >> john, i know you're looking to the screen as well. iowa being projected now for barack obama. >> well, that is a piece of bad news for the romney campaign. again, remember, mitt romney needed to win most of the nine swing states. not just a couple of them. most of them. he's still got to do that. he's not out of the game, but if you take the state of iowa, you got colorado out there, if president obama can hold nevada and the state of colorado, it doesn't matter what happens in any of these other states. he'll be over the finish line. so big challenges, more for president obama, fewer more romney, but he's still in the game. >> waiting on too close to call races which of course have been really critical. ohio being number one. florida, as well. we know now north carolina and, of course, iowa. >> larry, he needs 21 votes. >> yeah. there's a pattern. i mean, let's face it. there's a pattern here. and whether you're romney supporter or not, you got to look at this thing. the pattern spills over into the u.s. senate
is covering this election night. first we'll go to jan crawford in boston with the romney campaign. jan? >> reporter: well, scott, after 17 months of campaigning, that hard fought primary, and then, of course, the bruising general election battle, governor romney and his wife ann cast their votes this morning here in massachusetts. then governor romney was off for a little more campaigning trying to get every possible vote. he went to ohio and pennsylvania. here's what he said when he met with some campaign workers in that must-win state of ohio. >> we f we get folks out to vote we'll have the real change we need in this country and i'm so excited about the prospects. i've got to tell you, i'm buoyed by the spirit of the people across the nation. the enthusiasm, the support, the energy. >> we love you, man! >> thank you. (cheers and applause). >> reporter: that, of course, is the key if they can get their supporters out to vote. campaign sources i'm talking to say they're encouraged by what they're seeing. they have big turnout, their numbers will outperform what john mccain did in 2008
's in boston. j. mart, if you can hear me amid the hoopla here at the newseum. you're a student at virginia, you've been e-mailing me all night about problems you're detecting in virginia. tell us the problems you see and why and what it means. >> the margins in conservative -- [inaudible] in the suburbs around richmond, chesterfield county is the biggest one, comparable to '08. in 2008 john mccain lost the commonwealth of virginia by seven points. the bottom line, barack obama can do a little bit worse across virginia and still win that state. if he wins the state, there's no path to the presidency for mitt romney. we'll get the western suburbs, look at the outer suburbs of northern virginia, the margins are comparable or a little bit better for romney than they were for mccain four years ago. so unless something big happens in the two big jurisdictions still being counted, virginia beach and fairfax up by washington, d.c., i think that the commonwealth of virginia is going to stay blue and give president obama a second term. >> republicans knew that there was trouble there, or has this al
chicago and president obama. mitt romney at his headquarters in boston. victory and concession speeches from across the country. but the night, your reaction by phone, e-mail, facebook, and twitter. live coverage begins at 8:00 eastern. you can access interactive maps and the election results, track state ballot initiatives at c- span.org. >> we are bringing you historical victory and concession speeches throughout the day here on c-span. coming up, we bring you president george conceding critic george bush conceding the race to arkansas gov. bill clinton. he speaks to supporters and family members at the westin galleria in houston. [applause] >> thank you very much. listen, we have got to get going. thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you, george. >> thank you so much. well, here's the way i see it. here's the way we see it and the country should see it -- that the people have spoken and we respect the majesty of the democratic system. i just called governor clinton over in little rock and offered my congratulations. he did run a strong campaign. i wish him well in the white house
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want to start with byron york. byron, good morning to you. in boston we find you there. let's go through this. how did the president's team put together this winning coalition. >> he reassembled the coalition he had in 2008. did extremely well with the groups i had done well with before, women, especially unmarried women, blacks, latinos, a number of groups republicans thought would be discouraged and would drift away from the president, they didn't drift away from the president. going to obama rallies, they were pretty fired up and they showed up on election day. bill: you have been talking to the romney camp. what are they saying about how and where they came up short. >> i ran into romney's entire brain trust. many of them were pointing a finger at hurricane sandy. that romney had momentum in the polls and after that the momentum was broken. and some said that obama had done enormous damage in may, june and july. but there were big issues at stake in this campaign. two different views of governing, higher taxes were more regulation and more spending and the vote terse chose pr
and in boston, massachusetts, brian by this time tomorrow night, we will probably still not know who won but at least we'll be further along the path than we were right now. >> and we have about 20 seconds here, tom. have either campaigns started lining up lawyers in case it's as close as we expect? >> actually and in all seriousness, brian, they have throughout all 50 states, there are challenged lawyers hired by the attorneys, especially in ohio tonight. we can expect to so legal action if that vote tonight gets critical and ohio is the bell weather of deciding the entire thing. >> tom fitzgerald tonight. >>> is it for us on the news edge special, you decide 2012. back here at 10 on the news edge at 11. as always. hope to see you then.
at the boston convention center. i talked to a top campaign aide, he said they were feeling confident. they like what they're seeing in their internal polls. now it's just all about which of these candidates' supporters are most intense and most enthusiastic and how many of them are going to turn out to vote today. >> jan crawford, thank you. president obama made his last campaign stops monday in wisconsin, ohio, and iowa. and after his final rally in des moines, the president spent the night in his hometown of chicago. nancy is there. good morning. >> reporter: the president is waking up in his own townhouse th morning, and unlike governor romney, he is staying put. no campaign stops. he'll play a traditional pickup basketball game with friends and aides, maybe drop by obama campaign headquarters to thank all of his staffers and volunteers. then tonight he will head to this convention center for what he hopes will be a victory party. on a clear, chilly night, president obama joined 20,000 supporters at the same corner in downtown des moines where he opened a small campaign office back in 2007.
in a hotel room with the five boys and the grandchildren and paul ryan also here in boston. he's not in the room with the romneys. he and his wife and his mother who has been on the trail with him, they're staying at another hotel here in boston, not far from here but they're watching the returns come in separately. i have reached out to a couple of sources on the campaign and can tell you the night is not over. these states are very close along the east coast, florida, virginia, as i mentioned earlier, they're not ready to certainly concede anything, but they're also not terribly upbeat about the way the night is unfolding. >> to sharyn alfonsi in wisconsin and she's at a republican event there. sharyn? >> reporter: yeah, i'm at a republican watch party that is not feeling very much like a party. you can feel the air kind of get sucked out of the room, but people are still hanging around. they haven't run for the bar yet. they were initially encouraged, the exit polling showing romney actually beat obama with working class voters but then those other voters, young voters comin
en boston. >>> acabo de llamar al presidente barack obama para felicitarlo en su victoria, los que lo apoyaron en su campaña, también merecen mis felicitaciones. >>> apelando también a la unidad bipartidista, el candidato republicano pidió cerrar filas alrededor del mandatario . >>> el presidente barack obama volverá a gobernar con un congreso dividido, pero dijo que el país es mucho más que estados rojos y azules >>> esta es una edición especial de noticiero univisión ♪. >>> qué tal, muy buenos días, bienvenidos a esta edición especial de noticiero univisión, les saluda satcha pretto. >>> y ricardo arambarri, en una mañana donde el presidente barack obama amanece seguro que conservará las llaves de la casa blanca por 4 años más, los estadounidenses apostaron nuevamente por la visión de país el presidente barack obama que ganó su segundo mandato con más de 50 % de apoyo popular. >>> la fórmula del mandatario y el vicepresidente joe biden se instala en la casa blanca nuevamente, con un margen de victoria mucho más amplia que los estudios. >>> a pesar del duro d
of president obama in chicago, mitt romney in boston. and as always, your reaction by phone tonight. our coverage begins at 8:00 eastern on c-span, c-span radio, and also on c-span.org, we will have live streams brought the man from the obama and romney headquarters, live -- live streams throughout the night from the obama and romney headquarters. if you are tweeting, our hashtag is #cspan2012. mitt romney has landed in cleveland. he met with his supporters last night at the verizon wireless arena in manchester. he voted this morning in massachusetts. two rallies today before returning to boston. this is from last night. ♪ [cheers and applause] >> thank you so very much. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting, "usa, usa, usa"] >> now that, that is quite a welcome. thanks. let me, first of all -- [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you. thank you to kid rock. that was fabulous. and let me introduce you to the next first lady of the united states, ann romney. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, new hampshire. and i have to say than
, who joins us from campaign headquarters in boston, and, rich, welcome to fox news sunday. >> chris, thanks for having me on, i'm sitting here trying to imagine what mr. axelrod is going to look like next week without his mustache... it is fun to think of. >> chris: we'll see. let me ask you about david axelrod, because he said you guys are desperate in pennsylvania, and you are vulnerable in florida. your reaction? >> well, desperate four years ago, this weekend, president obama was campaigning in indiana, and, today, governor romney is campaigning in pennsylvan pennsylvania. i don't think campaigning in states where we wasn't won since 1988 and 1972 are acts of desperation, it looks like the map is expanding drastically in our favor and it is nothing we are doing, it is governor romney's message and talk about florida, to spend more money down there is a little bit like barack obama's government, they want to throw money at the problem and hope it fixing it, but at the end of the day governor romney will carry florida by a significant margin. >> chris: let me ask you about the poi
was awarded to general george washington in 1776 for liberating the city of boston. today, we will present a congressional gold medal to aung san suu kyi in recognition of her efforts to liberate the people of burma. today, we celebrate her steadfast commitment to democracy, stability, and human dignity, and we do so in a manner worthy of her ideals. nancy pelosi initiated the measure of awarding this metal and republican george w. bush signed into law. his wife, former first lady laura bush, is with us today, as is her predecessor, secretary of state hillary clinton. coming together in mutual respect, a step from the chambers where we passionately debate the issues of the day that has become almost second nature to us. but it is a blessing, and we will hear over and over during the course of this ceremony, aung san suu kyi has shown the world just how hard one it really is. on behalf of the congress, let me express how humble and honored we are by your presence here in the rotunda of the united states capitol. >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the callers by th
of boston reports that right now at least two polling places the turnouts in southern new hampshire is greater than they saw in 2008. so we'll watch that story throughout the day. at 7:30 eastern time some big ones. north carolina and the state of ohio closes. when the state of ohio closes what you will see is this map start to fill in. all 88 counties. some will turn red, some will turn blue and you will see it on this board in realtime. mike forealtime. progresso. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. or that printing in color had to cost a fortune. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobody said it to us. introducing the business smart inkjet all-in-one series from brother. easy to use, it's the ultimate combination of speed, small size, and low-cost printing. now's a good time to think about your options. are you looking for a plan that really mee
eastern time to concede the race. jan crawford is in boston, where the republican nominee spoke to his supporters. jan, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, charlie. good morning, norah. romney actually waited about an hour to concede after ohio was projected to go for the president. that, of course, being the must-win state. everyone knew at that point the race was basically over, but the campaign wanted to see some of those actual votes come in, just to make sure. and then of course, advisers tell me once they saw colorado go for the president, they knew that was it, so governor romney picked up the phone and called the president. >> this election is over, but our principles endure. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to renewed greatness. >> reporter: a defeated mitt romney was gracious. >> i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. >> reporter: after running for president for 17 months, his campaign came up empty. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the fi
eastern time to concede the race. jan crawford is in boston where the republican nominee spoke to his supporters. >> reporter: governor romney waited about an hour to concede after the state of ohio was called for the president. everyone thought it's over but the romney campaign wanted to see some more of the actual votes from some of those suburbs around cincinnati. they didn't want to give up. when colorado was declared for the president, the campaign knew that was it, romney picked up the phone and called the president. >> this election is over, but our principles endure. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to aesurgent economy and to renewed greatness. >> reporter: a defeated mitt romney was gracious. >> i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. >> reporter: after running for president for 17 months, his campaign came up empty. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> reporter: there was clear disappointment as the reality of what could have
york. let's go to boston, why don't we? actually, tennessee, president, we just made a call now. this is a fox news alert. tennessee for the president goes to mitt romney. not a huge surprise to hear at all. mitt romney has been leading in the polls there. volunteer state just did not ve caught in the precincts reporting. now, 13% in. fox news projects mitt romney has won the state of tennessee. back to the electoral votes map, you'll see that it is pretty close. mitt romney with 82. president obama with 78. 270 needed by the end of the night. where do we stand right now? let's get the democratic perspective and go to boston. good evening. how're you? >> good evening. great to be with you tonight. >> something you are probably liking, of the state of florida, where you won by 4% in early voting. what does that tell you about the rest of the night? >> i think we're going to have a great night. florida turning out in a heavily republican areas. we feel very good about the turn out there. if you look at -- at the panhandle, it is through the roof. our data shows florida was trendin
. and nbc has the president up by 6 points. got all that? joining us now from boston, david. he directs polling. >> he want to run it down from your point of view. you have canvassed the whole country, know what's going on. ohio, how do you see it? >> i see it really close. if you look at the last four polls, it's one point. 1 through 8 the poll was average four to five points. what we look at is the head-to-head number. the last three consecutive polls, excluding the two you mentioned were at 48. that's a sign of vulnerability. obviously you have seven candidates on the ballot. i think those polls that had the plus four, plus five overstated obama's support because they overcounting a strong democratic county, and they had a party differential in those polls of democrats with an 8 point advantage party affiliation. >> so you see romney momentum in ohio? >> i see romney strong enough to be within a point. and that's exactly where the last four polls showed him. >> so the governor has a very, very -- he has a very good chance in ohio. how about florida? >> i don't think so. as we talked
final frenzy, that last bit of energy now that boston these candidates are giving it with just three days to go. let's go over the president's schedule. he started in ohio. they are in milwaukee at this point waiting for the president. he's airborne heading in that direction towards wisconsin. iowa and virginia. he end up in virginia and northern virginia tonight. i'll be out there accompanied by the dave matthews band. i'm looking forward to it. tomorrow sunday in new hampshire. florida. ohio. back to ohio and colorado. monday wisconsin, guess where, ohio after that. and then iowa before he finishes up in chicago where he will spend election eve. ohio we should mention nbc news and the marist organization yesterday put out their poll for ohio has the president up six. a whopping margin compared to what we've seen in the past. our poll even has the president up two in florida. so the obama team certainly optimistic and down the stretch they come to keep that sports metaphor going. >> love it. thank you. >> as for the challenger mitt romney needs to rally his troops and out gun the p
christie that some top advisers at the campaign's boston headquarters believe believed the governor had been offered the job. oh, i get it, so the reason chris christie was so friendly to the president last week was sour grapes? even by the standards of the romney campaign, that's low. joining me now is national political reporter for the washington post and jonathan cape hart, msnbc contributor. thanks to both of you pour being here tonight. >> good to be here. >> why are republicanes so upset over chris christie's praise for the president sp. >> chris christie was romney's number one attack dog. number one surrogate going around attacking the president in harsh terms. three, he was the keynote speaker at mitt romney's convention. i think for republicans to see governor christie not just compliment the president on how, you know, good a job he is doing in helping the people in the state of new jersey, but press conference after press conference, complimenting the president and his leadership skills, his, you know, ability to work with the president, how much he loves the guy, that is p
, around the corner. us bank. ♪ neil: all right. this is from the headquarters in boston, massachusetts. they're worried, but they're not giving up hope. obviously it's still a close race. listed look at the cave -- electoral tally as a stance. right now it is even. but the reason why we say it is primitive, it's even. the next round of those states at 11:00 p.m. are california, hawaii, idaho, oregon, and washington. those are all states that the president is expected to win. that would be about 70 -- actually 82 electoral votes that he could pick up in the 11:00 p.m. hour or shortly thereafter. so now your up to about 245. i have not even counted ohio where he is leading, not prohibitively, but leading command that would bring you to 263, within seven of winning the 270 you need. and then you understand that if your mitt romney you have to when virtually every single other state. that's what we mean by prohibitive math. looking at that same math. what do you think? >> i think it looks bleak for the republicans. i am not happy about it, but i am praying. i have all my fingers and toes c
of cheering supporters at mccormick place in chicago. mitt romney briefly addressed supporters in boston. >> the nation, as you know, as in the critical point. @at a time like this, we cannot risk political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisles to do the people's work. and we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. with the to our teachers and professors, counting on you not children with a passion forur@ learning and discovery. we look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built. honesty, charity, integrity, and family.@ we look to our parents. everything depends on the success of our homes. with a to job creators of all kinds. we're counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. with the to democrats and republicans and government at all levels to put the people before the politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. [applause] i ran for office because i am concerned about america. this election is over, but our principles endure. i believe the p
in chicago. governor romney in boston. we'll take you there live in a moment. we are getting information on why they vote the way they are. martha maccallum will cover that for us. >> reporter: they are analyzing the response as they come out of the polling places tonight. there are key states like ohio and virginia. the polls are still open for hours as people come home from work and continue to vote. so many areas we haven't heard from yet. what we can tell you for sure so far is that this is a very tight race tonight. let's start with the national poll question. direction of the country. are we on the right track or the wrong track? it's evenly divided. those saying we are on the right direction and going for president obama, no surprise there. 52%, though, say we are headed in the wrong direction. they are backing governor romney. now voters are split on whether the economy is getting better or worse. huge question tonight for everyone, of course. you have about four out of ten states getting better. three of ten say it's getting worse. three of ten says it stays the same for them. s
the obama campaign and boston behind the scenes with romney. to the heated battleground states across the country where this election will be decided and our team tracking your vote everywhere in the crossroads of the world with the crowds in times square. and with our partners from univision in miami plus abc's barbara walters, katie couric and our powerhouse team telling you who's winning and why on this historic night, election night 2012, the stakes so high, the race so close, america's next president decided tonight. it's "your voice, your vote." once again from abc news election headquarters in times square, new york, diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. >> you are looking at times square, usa, the pulse of the nation. also the crossroads of the world, 182 million people pass through here every year and tonight, it is election headquarters for abc news and we are so glad to have you back with us on this very big night, george. >> we have an entire team right out here with us. our reporters an analysts over on that side of the room, jon karl karl, cokie robert, ron brownstein.
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